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Noonan: Torture memos should be one of life’s mysteries

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Jon Stewart looks at how conservative politicians and pundits are reacting to release of four Office of Legal Council Memos that explained the use of torture on detainees under President Bush. Stewart notes that some pundits are disturbed more by then the release of the memos than by the fact that torture was used. “Apparently, everyone is not upset about the fact that we torture. They are upset about the fact that we now know about it,” said Stewart.

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Wall Street Journalist Columnist Peggy Noonan doesn’t think the memos should have been released at all. “It’s hard for me to look at a great nation issuing these documents and sending them out to the world and thinking, ‘Oh, much good will come of that.’ Sometimes in life you want to keep walking… Some of life has to be mysterious,” Noonan told a panel on ABC’s This Week.

“Just keep walking,” mocked Stewart. Did Noonan also think we should “keep walking” past “slavery, genocide,” suggested Stewart. The comedian had one final suggestion for Noonan as she strolled passed crimes of torture. “You know what else you want to do when you are walking, you might want to do this,” Stewart said as he stuck his fingers in his ears. “Because the screams of torture might get loud,” he explained.

This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Apr. 20, 2009.



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Trump is angry with Mick Mulvaney for contradicting him on motivation for Ukraine call: report

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On Thursday, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported that President Donald Trump is angry with White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney for claiming there was a quid pro quo attached to foreign aid for Ukraine, contingent on helping the president investigate Democrats:

Trump was not happy with Mulvaney’s performance in the briefing room today, I’m told.

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 18, 2019

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‘Impeachment is no longer optional’: Columnist warns Trump is ‘spinning dangerously out of control’

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On Thursday, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson penned a dire warning that President Donald Trump's mental decline must be taken seriously, before his behavior causes damage that cannot be repaired.

"The most powerful office in the world is occupied — and being abused — by a man who is entirely unfit and is spinning dangerously out of control," wrote Robinson. "Everyone needs to stop pretending otherwise. And it’s all getting worse."

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‘Mulvaney basically owns himself’: MSNBC’s Ari Melber on White House confession — and flip-flop

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MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber on Thursday explained how acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney inadvertently owned himself during a press conference.

The host played a clip of Mulvaney speaking in the White House briefing room.

"Okay, let’s break this down. I’m show you exactly where Mulvaney basically owns himself, which is why since we’ve come on the air they put out a new statement walking this back. But what he said might be a much more accurate reflection of what happened than this new, lawyered statement. Listen closely to that key point from Mulvaney. Take a listen," he said, replaying part of the clip.

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